TSMC will begin mass shipments of Apple A15 SoCs for iPhone 13 smartphones this May, ahead of schedule, according to DigiTimes.
This SoC is based on an improved version of the 5nm process used in the Apple A14 Bionic for the iPhone 12. As with each new generation of SoCs, the Apple A15 will offer improved performance and energy efficiency.
Due to the global health crisis and supply disruptions, Apple released the iPhone 12 series of smartphones in October, while the company usually launches new smartphones in September. As the pandemic’s impact on the supply chain lessens, Apple plans to release the iPhone 13 in September. As TSMC begins mass shipments of the Apple A15 ahead of schedule, it looks like this is indeed the case.
Earlier it was reported that Apple would move the speaker closer to the top edge of the iPhone 13, resulting in a smaller notch. Smartphones (possibly only Pro models) are expected to receive a ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Rumours are also crediting the iPhone 13 with new colours and improved resistance to fingerprints on the bezel. Apple may add a fingerprint scanner under the surface of the screen.